We hope to see you at the California Small Farm Conference February 26th to March 3rd, 2023! The event brings together small farm community – from growers to market managers to local food advocates – for a week of learning, inspiration, and movement building. This year’s gathering will bring back the new hybrid conference format featuring four days of online workshops, forums, and videos as well as a fifth day of multiple in-person gatherings around the state.
Be sure to join OSA’s Jared Zystro at the Dryfarming Practices and Perspectives session during the event. Details below.
February 28th at 1:00 p.m. PT
Moderators: Yvonne Socola, UC Berkeley; Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance
Speakers: Amy Garrett, Assistant Professor of Practice, Oregon State University; Amy and Jacques Neukom, Neukom Family Farms; Silas Sarvinski, College of the Redwoods; Blake Richard, Wild Rose Farm; Jim Leap, School Road Farm; Verónica Mazariegos-Anastassiou, Brisa Ranch
As we confront the fragility of California’s water system, a crucial question emerges: how can we adapt to water scarcity without jeopardizing farmer livelihoods? Innovative farmers have turned to dry farming, a method of growing high quality produce with little to no external water inputs, and a radical departure from irrigated agriculture. Learnings from research conducted on seven such farms in the Central Coast region will be discussed along with experts from the Dry Farming Collaborative in a workshop designed to answer the following questions:
- What is dry farming?
- Is your site suitable for dry farming?
- What varieties are best suited to dry farming?
- What soil management techniques are beneficial in dry farm contexts, and how can you manage soils to encourage a healthy microbial community?
- What are the economics of dry farming? How might it fit in with your farm’s business model?